Monday Blog Blog: Lumiere Gallery Virtual Photography Fair

April 11th, 2011 by David Leland Hyde Leave a reply »

Lumiere Gallery Of Atlanta, Georgia Features The Pioneer Western Photography Of Philip Hyde In A Virtual Photography Fair


Mt. McKinley/Mt. Denali, Reflection Pond, Denali National Park, Alaska, 1971 by Philip Hyde.

Lumiere Gallery began representing Philip Hyde just this year. Besides prominently displaying Philip Hyde’s images in online galleries and special shows, posting Philip Hyde’s biography online and showing original vintage black and white prints in the gallery, as well as offering color archival fine art digital prints, Lumiere Gallery also advocates for photography and helps to educate the photography collecting community through lecture sponsorship and other educational venues both online and off. To its further credit, Lumiere is already selling a significant number of Philip Hyde prints. Lumiere offers Philip Hyde’s original vintage black and white prints and color archival fine art digital prints as a special feature of the gallery’s Virtual Photography Fair.

See a selection of Philip Hyde photographs in Lumiere’s Virtual Photography Fair or visit Lumiere’s online lectures for collectors.

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  1. pj says:

    Sounds promising. It sounds like they’re running a pretty good program. Hope your dad’s work does well there.

  2. Thank you, PJ. I enjoy working with them. They are “no nonsense” seasoned with Southern Hospitality. Seems to be a good mix and balance.

  3. Derrick says:

    Congrats – sounds like you’re on a roll!

  4. Thanks Derrick. I suppose I ought to allow people to imagine Philip Hyde Photography is on a roll, but on this end, at least so far, the situation is closer to being behind and playing catch-up.

  5. Derrick says:

    If I can ask a pointed question (and feel free to not answer if you don’t want!) – where are you seeing better sales of your father’s work – online or in galleries?

  6. Hi Derrick, thank you for the question. I am game to answer it, though there’s a lot to the answer that I am still learning about too. The galleries I am dealing with are generally the top photographic galleries in the country and in some cases the world. These galleries are primarily interested in the trade of vintage black and white prints. Vintage black and white prints are what collectors want because they have the best established value in the marketplace and have historically gone up in value most dramatically. These top flight photography galleries are not much interested in color prints, except in rare cases, and many of them look askance at digital prints. On the other hand, those of them that do tolerate digital prints, do so mainly because they realize that the majority of current working photographers have gone into digital printing. The galleries who are aware of what is going on in present day photography understand that at some point those who do not value digital prints or appreciate that they are not all made equal, see that they themselves will at some point hit a brick wall when they run out of sources for vintage black and white prints. Of course the argument goes on and on because when the producers run out of vintage black and white prints, vintage black and white prints will be worth even more. Also, the argument further goes that darkroom black and white silver printing is on the rise. Some people even think that the entire digital printing and digital print phenomenon is a fad that could very well pass away unless people like you and me take the time to educate. I firmly believe that the Philip Hyde authorized archival digital prints that Carr Clifton and I have made from high resolution drum scans of 4X5, 5X7 and 8X10 film originals are the best photographic prints ever made for many reasons. I am also enthusiastic about being able to restore, repair and release photographs that were worthless during the film era because they couldn’t be printed at all. For these reasons, I continue to sell digital prints. So far I have sold many more digital prints than the galleries have sold black and white vintage prints, but gallery sales are starting to pick up. I have not yet announced the addition of a particular dealer to the list of galleries representing Dad, but his addition will most probably lead to major development of the work. Even the sale of a small 4X5 or 5X7 contact vintage black and white print is equal in value to several large archival digital prints. Thus it takes far fewer vintage black and white print sales to produce significant revenue. This is another reason photography galleries like to handle vintage black and white prints rather than archival digital prints. They don’t consider sales of a few hundred dollars to be worth their time. For me, if the Philip Hyde Photography website produces a few small archival digital print sales each month and a few large ones, it certainly helps keep me in business. I believe that as I optimize the website and become higher profile online, I will probably be able to earn a living just from print sales myself and will not need the galleries. However, I will still work with galleries because they serve the vital purpose of maintaining professionalism and credibility, besides connecting me with the best collectors and sometimes the best museums.

  7. Derrick says:

    Thanks David – I’ve been exploring ways to get my photos out there, I think I’m just about ready to “go pro”, whatever that means. I appreciate your insight!

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